Bantry Bay, inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, 21 mi (34 km) long and 4 mi (6.4 km) wide, Co. Cork, SW Republic of Ireland. It is one of Europe's best natural anchorages. At the head of the bay is Bantry. Bear and Whiddy islands are in the bay; the latter is the site of an oil terminal and storage facility.
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